A touching, fun and eye-opening exploration of the challenges that young people face in their lives.

Age range

All ages


Dates announced soon
May 22, 2019 7:30 PM
May 27, 2019 7:30 PM


Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
253 Grenfell Street

There are many reasons why a young person may not go to school anymore. In a time when many young people are struggling to finish high school, this play has never been more relevant.

“Dropout” is a touching, fun and eye-opening exploration of the challenges that young people face in their lives. Be part of this wonderful theatre experience and help us find solutions together

“Dropout” brings together the 4 True North Ensembles in Port Adelaide Enfield, Marion and Elizabeth creating a cast of over 40 young performers aged 8 to 19 y.o from all over Adelaide. The work is lead by Multi-Award Winning Director and Theatre Maker Alirio Zavarce has been devised and developed in collaboration with all the True North Ensembles.

True North is known for its cutting edge theatre experiences. It has a reputation for tackling the tough issues facing our young people and producing highly innovating and moving theatrical performances.

“What this group does is truly impressive, inasmuch as they engage the audience while delivering theatre of a really high standard, delivering their vital message in such a way as to encourage the audience to confront vile, cruel behaviour when they see it.” The Advertiser, Review of EBully

“Dropout” had its World Premiere at Dream Big Festival For Children in May 2019 and for One Night only will perform at the Marion Cultural Centre. This New Work is the starting point to facilitate this important conversation between young people and try to find solutions together.


“Witnessing this performance is simply an honour. This is a heart-warming, often humorous, and thought-provoking hour in the theatre”
- GlamAdelaide
“Dropout is thought provoking, honest and above all passionate. It is compulsive watching for everyone. The talent oozes from the stage and demonstrates true ensemble playing, everyone working together, playing to their ability with each performer being as important as the other.”
- Stagewhispers

“This is true, modern theatre” “This show bleeds into real life, unifying and creating necessary social networking and attempts at understanding, whilst giving a much needed voice to those who may often feel powerless.”
- Broadway World
“There is some really good youth theatre happening in the True North of Adelaide and I urge you to try and get out and see one of their shows. True North are committed to social change and offer answers. The answer at True North is real student voice and providing meaningful creative outlets. True North work collaboratively and the young cast write, choreograph and devise with the clever and creative Zavarce on hand to guide. This is one of those shows that leaves you feeling very optimistic about the state of the arts in South Australia. We have a very clever mentor in Alirio Zavarce passing on a fresh approach to theatre”
– Hi-Fi Way




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